COVID-19 in the United States: State-level Restrictions and Supply Chain Impacts

COVID-19 in the United States: State-level Restrictions and Supply Chain Impacts

The United States has confirmed a record amount of new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. This is largely the result of outbreaks in southern and western states which opted for an early reopening of economic and recreational activities. The recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the southern and western states jeopardizes national progress and economic recovery. While states aim for the safest reopening and continuation of business operations, the inevitable uptick in cases risks prolonging the pandemic and further disrupting supply chain operations. While manufacturing and logistics operations have largely been exempt from statewide business restrictions, worsening outbreaks are inflicting operational disruptions that have had reverberating effects on global supply chains. An emphasis on limiting in-person interaction to curb the spread of the virus has led to an uptick in worker absences at factories, seaports, and airports, disrupting production and transport timelines. COVID-19 has a localized epidemiological nature which requires a wide variety of regulatory approaches by state governments. Supply chain managers with manufacturing or transportation operations in the United States must adapt to state-level outbreak containment measures.

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